Idols of Perversity has ratings and 42 reviews. Bram Dijkstra collected this art and put it in a book with the widest margins I have ever seen. He has a lot of. Buy Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-siecle Culture New Ed by Bram Dijkstra ( ISBN. Buy Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture ( Oxford Paperbacks) by Dijkstra, Bram (September 1, ) Paperback New Ed by.

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That’s a bit simplistic, and also seems to be an effort to shift the blame to a source that is easily identifiable and easily chastised. This is certainly a book which would be useful to provoke discussion. The points raised are excellent and very scholarly. Dijkstra traces the iconographic stereotypes from virgin to vagina, dissects the layers of prejudice from the angel in the house he actually prefers the image of a nun to the madwoman in the attic, and ends with the great castrators: History of Western Philosophy.

He also erroneously treats this instantiation as unique, brm than as part of a recurring pattern of shifting attitudes toward women. Circe, Delilah, Judith, Salome, Turandot. Bram Idls Idols of Perversity explores the nature and development of turn-of-the-century misogyny in the works of hundreds of writers, artists, and scientists, including Zola, Strindberg, Wedekind, Henry James, Rossetti, Renoir, Moreau, Klimt, Darwin, and Spencer.

As Bram Dijkstra shows, justification for this wave of anti-feminine sentiment was sought in the most prejudicial aspects of Evolutionary Theory. Love at Or Sight Tyler Carrington.


So must other women have done, accepting, perhaps enjoying, pictures Dijkstra denounces as perverse. Copyright Los Angeles Times. Dijkstfa very interesting timeline of sociocultural changes in attitude ;erversity women in the West–primarily Europe, with some U. A staggering number of pictures are reproduced, many of them completely unfamiliar to scholars of the period.

How to Do Things with Words J. To protect the male’s continued evolution, artists and intellectuals produced a flood of pseudo-scientific tracts, novels, and paintings which warned the world’s pervfrsity of the evils lying beneath the surface elegance of woman’s tempting skin. This man doesn’t know what he’s talking about and pretends to be a feminist.

In the years aroundan unprecendented attack on women erupted in virtually every aspect of culture: Some of the artists like Klimt and Moreau will be familiar, but for every artist you’ve heard of you’ll meet five you won’t recognize.

Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture by Bram Dijkstra

Overview Description Author Information. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Return to Book Page. One wonders how much of this mindset lingers today when it comes to ieols still prevalent sexual double standard, etc.

Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture

There are tons of pictures psrversity named women lying around in fields, sleeping in a pile of leaves, which if you are a woman will drive you mad because none of us would ever do that – there are things called bugs and other things not to expose yourself to no more comfortable that flowerbed looks. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor.

Feb 17, Carolyne rated it it was amazing Shelves: That makes the flood of imagery, often demeaning, sometimes vicious, the more intriguing. Contents the Shopkeepers Soul Keeper and. Dec 10, Meg marked it as to-read-gender Shelves: Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. To view it, click here. Dijkstra demonstrates that the most prejudicial aspects of Evolutionary Theory helped to justify this wave of anti-feminine sentiment.


This is scholarly—citations, an extensive bibliography, quotations, and best of all the art. Really helped me understand the evolution of the female form in 19th century art.

World Commission on Environment and Development. No eBook available Amazon. It seems that the author’s chief interest in these fascinating images is to judge them and find them wanting under an extremely narrow standard of feminist piety.

The language is a bit flowery and the casual reader needs to know a bit of art history, but the plethora dijkstrra pictures makes up for it.

Idols of Perversity : Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture

If Gelven – – Marquette University Press. Idils argued that women hindered this process by their willingness to lure men back to a sham paradise of erotic materialism.

Books by Bram Dijkstra. If you like this book I will hunt you down and hit you with a wet noodle. Also, his conclusions are a bit depressing, that the only A bit hysterical, but hysterical men write a lot of fun stuff.

His scores make his case.